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Colonel Porters Emporium, for Schweppes campaign

Uncover a new breed of creative cocktails in Newcastle with Schweppes 1783

Here are the bars in Newcastle where you can find ultimate refreshment and unique cocktail combinations

By Time Out in association with Schweppes
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The fine city of Newcastle is known for many things, including magnificent architecture and thriving nightlife. And being renowned for nightlife means, of course, some utterly top-notch spots in which to enjoy some high quality cocktails, brought to life by the new, premium range of Schweppes 1783 naturally flavoured mixers.

This all-new collection honours the pioneering effervescence that Schweppes has been famed for since bubbles began, thanks to Jacob Schweppe – the first person to find a way of capturing and bottling bubbles.

You probably already know Schweppes for providing the essential refreshment in a gin and tonic, but this new range of naturally flavoured mixers has been meticulously crafted by a team of mixologists, with perfect pairing always in mind. This means you can – and absolutely should – try matching each mixer with a host of premium spirits.

With that ethos firmly in mind, it’s time to get creative in some of the finest bars in Newcastle. We’ve selected our favourites below, where you can get sipping the new Schweppes 1783 range in some marvellously memorable concoctions.

Where to try Schweppes 1783 in Newcastle

Colonel Porters Emporium, Newcastle - for Schweppes campaign

Colonel Porter’s Emporium

This vintage emporium celebrates all things quirky, being filled to the rafters with odds and ends from all around the globe. They even have their own mini-botanical garden growing in the bar. What better way to get into the spirit of things here than with a leftfield but luscious combination that doesn’t skimp on the premium products. Step out of your comfort zone just a little and you’ll be delightfully surprised: dark rum, Schweppes 1783 Golden Ginger Ale and a dash of Angostura bitters, garnished with a sprig of mint, a lime wheel and squeeze of lime.

Dean Street, NE1 1LF. colonelporters.co.uk

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Having hosted shows from countless world-class DJs – including Seth Troxler, Nina Kraviz and Fatboy Slim – this cutting-edge bar and club knows how to throw a party. Luckily, they also know how to mix a drink. For such an energetic spot, here’s a deliciously lively cocktail with a cooling, crisp edge: white rum, vodka, gin, tequila and a squeeze of fresh lemon, topped with Schweppes 1783 Crisp Tonic Water.

Times Square, NE1 4EP. yourfutureisdigital.com

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Pleased to Meet You bar, Newcastle, for Schweppes campaign
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Pleased to Meet You

Placing yourself as Newcastle’s very own ‘gin palace’ is a bold move, but take a quick look at this classy establishment’s gin menu, boasting over 100 varieties, and you can’t really argue. You can even up your own gin skills by booking on to one of the venue’s cocktail masterclasses, or simply get cosy among the elegant surroundings and order the following show-stopping gin and tonic: Martin Miller’s Gin, Schweppes 1783 Quenching Cucumber Tonic Water, garnished with strawberries and black pepper. You’ll be very pleased to meet this combo.

High Bridge, NE1 1EW. 
www.ptmy-newcastle.co.uk

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Central Oven & Shaker

Add a big dash of fun into your cocktail quest at this buzzy venue, where the focus is on a great atmosphere and top cocktails. Decked out with just a touch of retro glamour, this is a bright, colourful and vivacious place to quaff your chosen tipple – which really should be the following light and bubbly combination: Gin Mare and Schweppes 1783 Light Tonic Water, garnished with rosemary and lemon.

Neville St, NE1 5EN. www.centralnewcastle.co.uk

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Cocktail shaker, for Schweppes campaign
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Hop & Cleaver

The spirit of invention runs deep in the jolly bunch at this rustic joint, who just love crafting their own cocktails. Head inside and you’ll find an eye-catching setup, full of stone arches, floor-to-ceiling wooden pillars and exposed beams. It’s a unique space you won’t want to leave anytime soon. Once you’ve settled in and found your spot, try this ridiculously refreshing concoction. It’s a subtly, splendidly bitter number, lifted by those wonderful bubbles that Schweppes knows how to tame: Sipsmith Sloe Gin and Schweppes 1783 Salty Lemon Tonic, garnished with strawberries for a further fruity hit.

Sandhill, NE1 3RG. www.hopandcleaver.com

Find out more at www.the1783club.co.uk.

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